Our Response to COVID-19: Information
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July 21, 2020 -- Unofficially, tomorrow, the world will have tested at least 300 million people, with over 15.3 million positive results and 625,000 COVID-19 deaths. Today's report is the third highest in the pandemic's almost 7 month-old history. Most of the top ranked countries reported either high or near peak numbers, while a few countries did confirm their local spread is out of control, either with their highest daily infection report (Argentina, Israel), of shockingly high positivity rates (South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Oman, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala).
  • COVID-19 Global cases: 15,091,542 (+241,009)
  • COVID-19 Global deaths: 619,400 (+6,261)
  • COVID-19 Global death rate: 4.10%
  • COVID-19 Global tests* (est.): 299,160,542 (+2,330,396) 
  • COVID-19 Global positivity rate: 5.04%
  • COVID-19 Global single-day positivity rate: 10.34%

*:incomplete data set
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In the US
4,028,350 COVID-19 infections and 144,944 COVID-19 deaths in the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

  • COVID-19 USA cases: 4,028,350 (+66,921)
  • COVID-19 USA deaths: 144,944 (+1,110)
  • COVID-19 USA death rate: 3.60%
  • COVID-19 USA testing: 49,876,031 individual tests (+714,124)
  • COVID-19 USA positivity rate: 8.08%
  • COVID-19 USA single-day positivity date: 9.37%

Of the 4 million+ national infections accumulated over the first six months of the pandemic in the US, 1.3 million (32%) have taken place in the last three weeks, since the first day of July, underscoring the sudden acceleration of the problem in America. Assuming the spread will eventually slow down and we can aggressively bend the curve, it is quite plausible to envision 10 to 12 million infections in our country, with at least 250,000 to 300,000 related deaths by Christmas. With no mitigation in place, the virus spread would be far more devastating, with over 16 million cases and up to half a million deaths.

Wear a mask, practice physical distancing, stay at home if you can, wash your hands, clean frequently used surfaces, respect others and help us all bend the curve.

Today, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, California set new state records of single-day infections as the nation's daily report confirmed we are still on the upswing of the viral spread,
Wisconsin data:

  • 44,135 cases (+1,117) PEAK
  • 859 deaths (+13)
  • death rate: 1.95%
  • 794,209 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.55%
  • 1 day positivity rate: 7.71%
Oklahoma data:

  • 27,147 cases (+1,714) PEAK
  • 461 deaths (+9)
  • death rate: 1.99%
  • 261,531 tests
  • positivity rate: 5.32%
  • 1 day positivity rate: N/A
In California
Coronavirus updates: Nearly 70% of California COVID cases are in those under age 49
Source: SFGate.com
LATEST July 21, 3:45 p.m. The state of California has now surpassed the 400,000-case mark after reporting 9,231 new cases in the state. Of those 400,769 COVID-19 cases, nearly 70% are in individuals under the age of 49.

The seven-day average of new cases per day is now at 9,132, which is up from the week before. Last week, the seven-day average was 8,382.

Of those current cases, 7,091 people are hospitalized. A total of 2,006 are in the ICU.

July 21, 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump sought to paint a rosier picture of the coronavirus for the nation Tuesday but conceded the pandemic is likely to get worse before it gets better.

The early evening show at the White House came as the next stage of the federal government's response to the pandemic was being crafted on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers and White House officials were opening negotiations on a trillion-dollar-or-more “phase four” rescue package.

“It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better," Trump said from the White House, but he also touted a reduction in deaths and progress on vaccines and... READ MORE
California sets a daily record, confirming 10,215 new infections and is on track to have more infections than any other state this coming Saturday.
  • COVID-19 California cases: 410,113 (+10,215)
  • COVID-19 California deaths: 7883 (+114)
  • COVID-19 California death rate: 1.92%
  • COVID-19 California testing: 6,536,932 individual tests (+122,611)
  • COVID-19 California positivity rate: 6.27%
  • COVID-19 California single-day positivity rate: 8.33%
In the Central Valley
Today, the Madera County Department of Public Health announced this evening that 25 Madera residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 yesterday, while the county also revised its previous report down by 37 mistakenly duplicated records..

Kern county peaked again today with 834 new cases, documenting a raging spread that has added 33% of the county's overall cases in the last week with a staggering report of 2,835 new cases in the last 4 days.

The graphs below clearly indicate a sudden acceleration of the spread in the California Central Valley, and particularly in Kern, Madera, Merced counties, updated with today's freshly released data. In fact, our Friday weekly report is already higher for this week with three more days yet unreported:
Madera + 6 local counties

  • COVID-19 Mariposa: 38 cases, 1 death, 3,158 tests, 1.201 +% (positivity rate)
  • COVID-19 Merced: 2,813 cases (+119), 22 deaths, 24,503 tests, 11.48 +%
  • COVID-19 Madera: 1,439 cases (+25), 13 deaths, 15,002 tests, 9.59 +%
  • COVID-19 Fresno: 10,970 cases (+331), 104 deaths (+4), 103,746 tests, 10.57 +%
  • COVID-19 Tulare: 7,120 cases (+224), 168 deaths (+1), est. 56,508 tests, 12.60 +%
  • COVID-19 Kings: 3,398 cases (+118), 42 deaths (+1), 22,895 tests, 14.84 +%
  • COVID-19 Kern: 10,068 cases (+834), 105 deaths, 104,560 tests, 9.63 +%

7 counties together

  • COVID-19 7 counties cases: 35,846 cases (+1,626)
  • COVID-19 7 counties deaths: 455 deaths (+6)
  • COVID-19 7 counties death rate: 1.27%
  • COVID-19 7 Counties tests: 330,374 (est.)
  • COVID-19 7 Counties positivity rate: 10.85%
From our hearts to yours,

Fredo and Renee Martin
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